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Iowa soccer sees double

BY JACOB SHEYKO | SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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The chance of having twins is roughly 3 percent. And the likelihood of them both playing soccer at Iowa is even smaller.

This is what makes Kattie Redlinger and Meghan Redlinger such a rare sight. The extent of their similarities is much more than that they look alike.

The two have grown up with a shared love of soccer, and they started playing the game together at the age of 5. This love of soccer led both of them to the UI.

“They have a lot of really positive energy,” head coach Ron Rainey said. “They work extremely hard. And they’ve done that so far this year, which has been fun.”

While at Mid-Prairie High in Kalona, Iowa, the two knew they wanted to play together at the college level. Iowa was also their top choice — leaving little to be discussed when the Hawkeyes showed interest.

“When [Iowa] started talking to us, we knew that’s where we wanted to go,” Kattie Redlinger said.
“It was really an easy choice,” Meghan Redlinger said.

For most students transitioning from life at home to the college life, the transition can be tough. But for the Redlinger twins, college wasn’t unfamiliar territory — particularly in time spent with each other.

Their day is almost spent entirely together. They are both majoring in radiation sciences and signed up for the same classes in the first semester. If that wasn’t enough time around each other, the two live together.

“We helped each other through the process of moving in to college and getting adjusted,” Meghan Redlinger said. “It seems like we were at home already, so it wasn’t that big of an adjustment.”

Off the field, the two are interchangeable. But on the field, the Redlinger sisters play on opposite sides of the ball — Meghan Redlinger plays forward and Kattie Redlinger is a defender.

Through their years of playing, the two have become extremely familiar with each other’s style of play — to such an extent in which they know where the other one is on the field without looking.
Through the years, their nuances and tendencies have stuck out to each other.

“Kattie is really scrappy,” Meghan Redlinger said. “She’s really aggressive, and she really wants to win the ball.”

“Meghan is really fast; I like that about her,” Kattie Redlinger said. “If you give her some impossible ball, she’ll go after it no matter what. Even if she knows it impossible to get to, she’s just a really hard worker.”

The Redlinger twins have yet to see the field this season, but with only two of eight freshmen seeing significant playing time, that’s no knock on their ability but rather their inexperience at the college level.

With their time at Iowa just underway, a lot of unknowns face the Redlinger twins — except for one. Where one Redlinger is, the other is not far behind.


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